Provide the Children with an Environment where They Feel Safe to Take Risks and Explore
An interview with Kate Dibble, Primary Teacher
Kate Dibble joined the British School of Bucharest in 2011 as a Year 1 teacher. Kate studied Primary Education at The University of the West of England, in Bristol. Before moving to Bucharest, Kate spent five years teaching in the British school system in Devon, in the South West of England. After two years teaching in Key Stage 1, Kate moved to Early Years, where she taught Nursery for three years. She currently teaches Year 1.
Why did you go into teaching?
After completing A Levels I worked full time as a Nanny looking after two children. The parents were both doctors and I helped to organise and run a busy household. I was extremely fortunate whilst working in this role to accompany the family when they travelled abroad, spending some time in New Zealand. This gave me an insight into different cultures and ways of life. I enjoyed planning activities for the children and watching as their individual personalities developed. When the youngest child started school I realised that it was time to move on. I took the plunge and applied to universities to study Early Years Primary Education.
What made you want to join BSB?
I have an adventurous personality and enjoy travelling. I saw the opportunity to broaden my teaching career and gain further experience. I was working in quite a rough area in England and decided that I needed a change. I saw a job advert for BSB and applied for the job on a total whim. After the interview I knew that I wanted to work at BSB.
In how many countries have you lived?
England and Romania
Which school, where you have taught, was most different to BSB? From a cultural and sociological point of view.
Before coming to BSB, I taught at a school in Plymouth which is situated on the South coast of Devon, England. Plymouth is a large city and the area that the school was situated in was very socially deprived. Many parents struggled financially. A breakfast club was set up to encourage vulnerable children to arrive at school early, as many would not receive adequate food at home.
You’ve taught Early Years as well as Nursery stages for multiple years. Do you have a favourite?
I have been asked this question many times. During my career I have taught a range of ages from Nursery to Year 5. Had you asked me that question at the start of last year, before I spent a year teaching Year 3, I would have told you that Reception was my absolute favourite. By the end of that year I would have said that Year 3 was my dream year group. Now I’m back in Year 1 and I’m loving that too! I think it’s fair to say that I just love teaching and enjoy the challenges and variety that come with each year group.
What do you think is the most important aspect parents need to understand regarding their child’s early development stages?
Childhood lasts for a very short moment of our lives. Don’t rush through it, enjoy it. Play with your children, have fun, laugh and be silly. Children will learn and develop in their own way, in their own time. Provide them with an environment where they feel safe to take risks and explore.
Make time to make dens, play in mud and splash in puddles. Make memories with your child that they will remember when they grow up so that they can do the same with their own children.
If you weren’t a full-time teacher, what would your dream job be?
I love to be outside and I am very focused on health and nutrition, so I think I would choose a job that involved these interests.
What are you enjoying most about Bucharest so far?
I enjoy the busyness of the city. I like visiting the cafes and restaurants, my favourite being Saint Roastery. I love living close to an international airport as it enables me to be a frequent traveler to different countries and most importantly to have easy access to my family in England.
And finally: tell us something unexpected about yourself.
I can play the Clarinet. I had lessons until I was 16. I have not played it for a long time but one day, I may just play it again.